About

I am an experienced journalist specialising in travel and wellness. I've sailed across Malawi in a catamaran, ridden horseback across Iceland and been spun like a salad leaf in Virgin Galactic's Spaceport, New Mexico.

 

I've interviewed a colourful array of characters from Hollywood Oscar-winners to rock 'n' roll fashion designers and spend a preposterous amount of time face down in world-class spas.

 

Titles I contribute to include: Tatler, National Geographic Traveller, Telegraph, House & Garden, Sunseeker and Quintessentially. 

 

In an online capacity, I write for Telegraph Ultratravel, PorterThe Arbuturian, The Luxury Spa Edit and Little London. I'm also a UK correspondent for the online travel & tech publication Click.

 

A regular face at Vogue House, I offer editing, subbing and writing services in print and digital and have a broad copywriting base (Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, Condé Nast Digital and Proof Content among clients). 

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I have a BSc in Natural Sciences from Durham University and a Masters in Journalism from City University, London. I started my career at The Fulham Chronicle covering news and arts and went on to work as an entertainment editor
at BBC Worldwide.

 

After five happy years at the Beeb, I hopped the pond to Los Angeles to pursue my passion for all things Hollywood. From a base in the Hills, I filed stories to Grazia, Marie Claire, Total Film and The Sunday Times and shared my red carpet escapades in a showbiz column for TV Hits. 

Returning to London in 2006, I landed a position on Quintessentially magazine as a sub-editor. With the tagline 'accessing the inaccessible', the magazine gave me the opportunity to try my hand at travel writing (Jordan, Shanghai and Madagascar among my early commissions). Let's just say, I got the bug.

 

One of my biggest achievements to date has been spearheading a dedicated wellness section in Travel Weekly's luxury quarterly magazine Aspire, which earned me my famous moniker: 'Spa Goddess'.

Secretly, I want to be a novelist and have two manuscripts sitting in a drawer (a rom-com and a thriller).

I live in S.W. London with my husband and two daughters.

For commissions and enquiries, please email:

leo@leobear.co.uk

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